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June 30, 2022

9 Money mistakes to avoid during a move

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There are so many important things that need to be done and planned before moving day. It can get a bit overwhelming sometimes especially if you don’t know where to start. You may forget to do some important thing which in turn could cost you a lot of money. We have put together 9 money mistakes to avoid during a move so you save some money and be on the right track with planning before moving day comes.

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Failing to make a budget

Budgeting is an essential part of our daily lives. It helps with planning and making sure we don’t overspend, thus it is important to always have a budget. Whether it's for small or big things. Moving isn’t excluded from budgeting as it will help guide you into making good decisions during the move.

Failing to make a budget may have you spend more than you plan to. Always budget how much you are willing to spend for the whole moving process. This is a great guide as it will be easier when you look for a moving company or moving truck. Also, when you get a quote, make sure it is within your budget. Budgeting is probably the most important thing on this list.

Overspending on packing supplies

Once you have your moving date, don’t rush to go to the home supply store and buy boxes and other supplies without knowing exactly how much you need. Therefore, it’s a great idea to make a packing supplies list. Look around your home and go through each room to give yourself an idea of how many supplies you will need.

It is better to buy less and add on later than to buy too much and waste your money. If you aren’t sure what packing supplies you need. We have a packing supplies list that will help guide you.

Failing to transfer utilities on time

When you know your moving date, call your utility company right away and transfer your utilities. Getting this done early will save you money and the stress of cancellation penalties and fees. If you fail to do this, you will be liable for any penalties plus you won’t have any utilities set up and ready in your new home, which should be the least of your worries when you get to your new home.

Failing to find a moving company early

Find a moving company early, start searching for one as soon as you have a moving date. Moving companies get busy, especially during peak season, so don’t let yourself get disappointed by leaving this to the last minute and having to pay last-minute rates which are obviously going to be higher than normal. That is why it is important to have a packing checklist. The checklist should include all of the most important things that need to be done while moving and packing.

Not getting quotes from moving companies before moving day

If you don’t get quotes from different moving companies and just go for the first company you find can have a detrimental impact on your budget. Don’t be impulsive by thinking you can’t get a better offer. Research and ask for a quote. Search for at least 3 companies and compare those quotes. Once you find a quote that’s within your budget and offers the type of moving service you’re looking for, go ahead and make your choice.

You also need to be careful of scammers. Some moving companies Amy be too good to be true, that’s why you must research and ask questions, read reviews and check for licensing, etc.

No moving plan/checklist

Not having a moving checklist can be costly. This is one of the first things you should do once you make plans to move. If you don’t have this list, you may be thrown off and not know where to start. Checklists in general are very helpful. Planning will make your move that much less stressful.

Detail of move checklist
Complete your checklists before moving day

From a floor plan to a moving supplies checklist to a packing checklist.

All these are very important during a move. Have all of them ready as soon as you finalize your moving plans.

Failing to buy insurance

Most moving companies don’t offer insurance. Get yourself insurance before moving for your items’ security. Accidents happen all the time, it is best to be safe than sorry. A lot of people have a misconception that if you hire a moving company, everything is automatically covered and that is not true. Ask your moving company if they offer any type of insurance and if they don’t ask if they can refer you to a good Insurance company.

Not enough time to pack/ packing at the last minute

You should allow yourself enough time to pack. By enough we mean to start packing early. Holding off on everything until the last minute is never a good idea. Get help from friends and family and start as soon as you have your moving date or at least 4 weeks before you move. If you have a packing list, it’ll make packing easier for you and your family or friends.

Waiting for the last minute to start packing

Sometimes you may think you have enough time to pack or think you don’t have a lot of items to pack, but looking at your items and actually packing them away are 2 completely different perspectives. As the saying goes “eyes can be very deceiving” so start packing early and you’ll save yourself the stress. We understand that packing is very time-consuming and naturally you may feel lazy to pack or may not have enough time because of other obligations like work, but it's better to just start whenever you can and not wait until the last minute.

Ask family and friends for help and that will make packing less stressful. Assign them to different rooms of the house so you don’t all end up packing the same room and wasting time because let’s face it, when friends or family are around, you often take breaks and chat or eat and thus wasting time. So being in different rooms will help. Have a packing checklist ready before they come.


Moving can be quite expensive, but it doesn’t have to be unnecessarily more expensive than it should be. You can prevent this by planning. There are so many mistakes that a lot of people make when moving especially first-time movers. Feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start can be financially expensive too, thus it is important to follow the tips mentioned above.

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